July 7, 2008

Vietnam looking to farm rainbow trout

Vietnam is looking at the possibility to farm rainbow trout after the success of a EUR 100,000 (US$156,000) trout-raising project in Sa Pa, Vietnam.

The project was funded by the Finnish government, the Fisheries Innovation Centre of Finland (FIC) and the Aquaculture Institute of Vietnam.

Sa Pa is the only place in Vietnam where rainbow trout eggs can be hatched. Fish fries are then transferred to Lam Dong farms for raising. Lamdong has zoned about 50-hectares of water surface for raising rainbow trout by 2010, a product that Vietnam imports 1,500 tonnes per year.

The fish were also found to be growing at a faster rate than those raised in Finland.

However, there would be difficulties in farming rainbow trout as farmers have to depend on imported egg supply and fish feeds. Raising rainbow trout also requires stringent technical conditions and a starting investment that may be too costly for most local farmers.

Despite the difficulties, Vietnamese restaurants are confident about the quality of the trouts grown in Sa Pa. Hanoi-based Melia Hotel purchases 450 kg of rainbow trout a month, with chief cook Jurgen Kauz saying that the quality and meat colour of Sa Pa-raised trout is as good as imported trout.

In addition, many businesses in Lam Dong and Ho Chi Minh City are reportedly planning to invest in rainbow trout.

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